LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates senior Matt Bettles was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2012-13 Men's At-Large Team for NCAA Division III's District 1, as announced Friday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Bettles (Taunton, England) has won many awards for his tennis prowess while at Bates, including two All-America and eight All-NESCAC honors. With the exception of NESCAC All-Academic recognition, this award is the first to recognize his academic talents as well. Bettles, who will graduate from Bates on May 26, has maintained a sparkling 3.67 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in English. The title of Bettles' honors thesis is "Did Anything Change? The Consistency of Satire's Locality Throughout the Twentieth Century."
Bettles will make his third trip to the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championships May 23-25, seeking the national doubles title for the second straight year with fellow senior captain Rob Crampton (Wilton, Conn.). The duo are currently ranked second in the Northeast Region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, after amassing a 21-5 record this year, including a 13-4 mark in dual matches. Bettles was also 15-9 overall in singles play, including a 10-6 mark in dual matches, most often as Bates' No. 2 singles competitor.
The "at-large" designation groups together sports that perhaps aren't as widely played as other collegiate athletic programs. The other student-athletes joining Bettles on the squad comprise swimmers, volleyball and ice hockey players and a fencer.
Bettles is now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America consideration, to be voted on later this month.